It’s the most wonderful time of the year! School is just around the corner and you know what that means? It’s time to refresh your wardrobe! Need help deciding what to add to your closet? No worries! Here are some of the must-have staples for back to school that you should consider.
1. Oversized Sweater or Sweater Dress
HELLO COMFY! This is a fabulous fall trend and perfect for the gals looking for a relaxed, yet chic look. Whether it’s layered, paired with tights, jeans or boots, it’s versatility makes it a must-have for your back-to-school wardrobe. Gigi Hadid shows us how to rock this look by layering her sweater dress with a cute varsity jacket. To spice up the outfit she rocks a nice pair of black ankle booties. You can steal her look for less than $35 at Forever 21.
2. Plaid Shirt
The lumberjack tee, flannel, plaid shirt or whatever else you want to call it! It’s cozy and it’s an essential! They totally give off that “I didn’t try to look this fab” vibe because it’s a simple piece, yet there’s potential for you to make it look very stylish. If you’re having one of those slept-through-the-alarm-clock days and can’t decide on a top, the plaid shirt is your go-to. Wearing them around the waist is also a major trend. Bluenotes has a great collection of plaid shirts for under $25.
3. Infinity Scarf
Back-to-school also means chillier temperatures! An infinity scarf is the perfect accessory for the fall season. And hey, they also make a good pillow for your naps during class (joking….)! You can also have fun matching other elements of your outfit with this amazing accessory like Kim Kardashian. Find them at Forever 21 for under $15.
4. Signature Hat
Bad hair days are a thing of the past when you own an amazing hat! No, I’m not talking about snapbacks. The wide-brim hat, the floppy hat or fedoras. You’ll never have to wash your hair again! Ok, I’m totally kidding with that one. But for those days where your hair is being super annoying, just throw on a hat and head to class! Hats are an essential staple because they make any simple outfit look 10x better! It’s a piece where you can have a lot of fun experimenting with the different styles and patterns. Vanessa Hudgens shows us how floppy hats can add some flare to your outfit by pairing her simple white top and jeans with a beige floppy. H&M is your go to store for hats under $35.
Boyfriend jeans have been a big trend for a while now so if you don’t own a pair, right now is the perfect time to add them to your wardrobe. They’re a hot trend because of their lose comfy fit, which makes them a great alternative to skinny jeans. Eva Mendes looks very relaxed in her light blue pair! Forever 21 always has a great variety of boyfriend jeans to shop through for less than $45.
6. Leather Jacket
Yes, I know, purchasing a leather jacket can be a big investment. But hey, for those of us who don’t want to spend the big bucks, faux leather looks just as cute and for half the price. This is one of those pieces where you’ll never say “I don’t have anything to match with this!” It can also help add that edgy look to your back-to-school outfits. Forever 21 has some amazing color and styles ranging from $35-$60.
Ever have those days in class where you’re shivering because the air conditioning is on really high? A Cardigan would definitely come in handy in this case, wouldn’t it? I think Cardigans are a must-have staple for back-to-school because they’re a great alternative to a jacket. You can wear them all year-round, they’re lightweight and can easily be dressed up or down. A lot of people tend to think Cardigans are boring but they can be fancy too! Check out Rihanna’s leather-sleeved Cardigan for example. Urban Outfitters has Cardigans that are perfect for your wardrobe ranging from $50-$70.
Notice how in almost every picture in this article, the outfits are paired with booties?! That’s why I like to call it the “versatile boot”. Dresses, shorts or pants, they go well with everything! You’ll never have to worry about these shoes sitting in the back of your closet collecting dust. I guarantee you’ll be wearing them non-stop! Find them at Forever 21 for less than $45.